I am officially going on a six month hiatus.
I mentioned my mental health in an earlier blog, and this is hopefully the last step in getting healthy again. I need to sort out several things in my personal life, work and important hobbies as well as make some major changes to my art.
In that time major changes will occur on this site. Please do not take this as an invitation to PM or ask questions, I will not be answering.
Because I'll be vanishing a day or so after I post this so here are some questions I've been asked by the people I've discussed this with in hopes I can answer any you may have:HAVEN'T YOU ALREADY BEEN ON HIATUS FOR, LIKE, FOREVER?
Not officially. In truth I have done HEAPS of art in the time, it just never gets uploaded because I hate it so much I scrap it before it's published. This time off will give me time to focus on getting over that. WHY SIX MONTHS? THAT'S A LONG TIME!
Yes, it is. I did contemplate a shorter time, but factoring in ALL the things I have to do, from change my physical health to split my art accounts up, replace all my old art and get some grounding for my hobbies six months is a good time frame. Also, May is always a really REALLY bad time of year for me. Seven years apart, both my cats passed away in early May. Family members passed away in May, I'm extremely sensitive to seasonal changes (Thanks Grandpa. I inherited that from him) and May is when Autumn really kicks in in Australia and completely messes me up. I thought that making my relaunch date May would give me something to look forward to and make May a little nicer
WAIT... SPLIT UP YOUR ART ACCOUNTS? WHY!? HAVEN'T YOU ALREADY DONE THAT??
Yes I did, I split into two, but this time I'm splitting into four.
is a bit more complicated and way more mercenary.
I've been an active artist since before DA was even a thing. I've had an account here since DA opened under another name- since DA used to not allow name changes (I had to change accounts after a hack) and yet, in comparison to others with comparable skills and less time, I do not have even close to the following of others, and I require a following to start relying more on my art as a viable living and less on a horrible shift working job that has done awful things to my health.
I did a little searching to work out why I simply was not getting a decent following, while others shot up, and the only things they ALL have in common and I lack is uniformity. I draw lots of things. from SPAM to Pin ups, to cutesy kawaii to body horror, fantasy and Scifi... that, I think, has limited my audience. Most of you probably follow me for one aspect and tolerate the others while others leave when I stray too long and too far from what they follow me for, and that's fair.
So, to combat this without losing the eccentricity of my interests, I plan to split into four people.
This account will be dedicated to comedy and fan art. It will b the home of SPAM, house new parody comics, "A is For...", the Avengers comic, image puns and word play. The new name is yet to be set.
For the Pin Up Followers, "Fury Kitten" will have pin up girls, be the new home to the ABC, Kandi + Kandi and Jane Hook.
There will be an (as yet unnamed) account for cutesy kawaii things, like the weenies and Lolita designs.
Lastly the Yaoi/fantasy art account where Iron Dragon and other risque art will live.
I will link these accounts to each other for a week only when I return, then any reference to them will be deleted and I will operate them independently of each otherPFFT- DOES A FOLLOWING AND MONETISING YOUR ART MATTER THAT MUCH? IT SHOULD BE FOR FUN!
Everyone does it for different reasons. Yes, it's fun, but I don't want it to remain just a hobby, any more than someone who loves sewing and wants to get into costume making does it "Just for fun" Or someone who loves cooking and wants to be a chef does it "Just for fun"
I currently work a shift job. It's hard, it's exhausting. It's horrible for my health. 90% of the mental health decline has been working for this company. I've stacked on weight due to irregular eating and sleeping patterns, I hardly see friends because of my weird hours. I am stressed beyond belief becasue my job in in transport logistics, which means if I fuck up majorly I can literally kill hundreds of people. I am too old now to get into a new job when my skill set is art and public transport
Art is my passion, but in Australia we have pretty much no art scene what so ever for me to get a job in. I know it's probably very hard for those of you in the US to understand but in Australia you have to survive as an artist by yourself. Thanks to the arts hating government eliminating arts funding and support, there are no animation studios left. There are no Comic publishers left. One or two SFX studios. No digital animation, pretty much no illustration scene or even agents, our film industry is about to collapse. For me to survive without my shift job, I need my art to be viable and I need to do it entirely on my own YOU MENTIONED CHANGES FOR THIS PAGE. WHAT WILL THEY BE?
I will be removing or replacing everything with a slightly different and more applicable style of art. My old way of drawing was forced on me by art school, who disproportionately hated cartoons and comics. My natural style way cramped up with a lot of old shitty habits taught to me by teachers who believed that realism and abstract were the only TRUE forms of art. I want rid of those little art school quirks, now that I know what they look like and re drawing my gallery will be quite a cathartic process.
The things that will be removed will be moved to other accounts. One of those major changes will be The ABC. I apologise to those who faved them, but its a necessary step DARE I ASK.... SPAM?
That is the one piece of good news! I have almost got enough to get a refurbished version of the tablet I want so SPAM WILL be back as of May! I will also be cleaning up the old ones, re branding them (Many have been found on other sites with my logo removed >
so I need to mark each image) And SPAM will be back as a fortnightly update. SO WHEN EXACTLY WILL YOU BE BACK?
May 1st next year, Australian time, so April 30th for the US. As soon as I'm able to schedule posts, I'll start stacking art ready...BUT IF YOU CHANGE THE NAME OF THIS ACCOUNT, HOW WILL I KNOW YOU'RE BACK?
The first thing I'll do is post a SPAM comic and a journal stating I'm back WILL YOU STILL BE AROUND ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Nope, it's all shutting down. I will read my Facebook messages still, however, and still be around, watching my favourite artists, but I won't be posting anywhere except my stores as I get ready to upload. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A PRETTY DESPERATE MEASURE, ARE YOU OKAY?
Nope. But I'm going to be. It IS a desperate measure, it IS dramatic and it IS a fairly extreme step to take. But saying that, it is also one that is likely to help immensely. I know it might seem strange or counter intuitive to some, but with everything going on right now it's the best step to take, and I thank everyone for supporting it.
CAN I HELP?
You are already helping if you are reading this. It means you still follow me as an artist, despite the weird tangents I go on and my various long absences. It means a lot to me, and I hope once May comes I can give back just a little with stupid comics about an anime alien ex slave soldier trying to fit in to earth and many other silly parodies.
Thanks again for reading and continuing to support me and my inconsistant behaviour over the last few years. You're all amazing, and I hope to see you all again in six months.